Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 3:56 PM
The visual appeal of a program is very important — it can get a user to install and continue to use your gadget. You need to consider what helps create a cool interface, while keeping performance in mind.
One great visual and performance technique is rotation, which I detail in my latest article, Desktop Gadgets: Rotating Objects. The article shows you how to blend visual effects, mathematical functions, and inspiration from real-life examples of rotation with the process of creating a gadget. Images and code snippets show you what's going on with rotating UI elements, and why.
I hope you'll incorporate some of the article's techniques when you create a gadget, and that you take full advantage of what the Google Desktop APIs have to offer.